Predicting the starting line-up for a Premier League club ahead of a new season can often be a very tricky task.
With new players being brought in, it can sometimes be difficult to know who your boss plans on playing when the opening league match comes around.
Having said that, we all love trying to second-guess managers and that’s exactly what Liverpool legend John Aldridge has done with Jurgen Klopp. In an interview with sundayworld.com, per the Independent, Aldridge has revealed the XI he would play if he was in Klopp's position.
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With the German boss already completing deals for Loris Karius, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Marko Grujic, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane since arriving last October, there are certainly plenty of new faces at Anfield this summer.
Liverpool face a tough opening fixture with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal and Aldridge is hoping this is the side to face the Gunners on August 14.
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Aldridge's starting XI
Well, there’s quite a few talking points from Aldridge’s XI. Firstly, he’s opting for new ‘keeper Karius over Simon Mignolet - something that most Liverpool fans would agree with.
He also thinks Gomez, who began last season under Brendan Rodgers in the left-back position, should be given the nod once again after recovering from a long-term knee injury. He also believes that it should be Matip and Lovren at centre-back, rather than Mamadou Sakho.
In midfield, there’s no place for captain Jordan Henderson with Wijnaldum playing alongside Can and Adam Lallana is kept out by Coutinho, Mane and Firmino. Finally, Sturridge gets the nod ahead of Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke.
Aldridge's reserve XI
But Aldridge goes one step further than just predicting the starting XI, he also predicts the reserve XI. Here it is:
Conclusion? Aldridge really doesn’t rate Moreno…
So, after he's picked his team, how does Aldridge think Liverpool will fare this season?
Aldridge predicts a title challenge
“Manchester United and Liverpool have gone about their transfer business in contrasting fashion this summer, yet I suspect the two old foes may be going head-to-head in a battle for the Premier League title this season,” said Aldridge.
“While Jose Mourinho and United have been making resounding statements of intent with some high-profile signings over the last few weeks, Liverpool have been getting on with their business with the minimum of fuss."
Aldridge continued: “United’s eagerness/craziness to spend £100m on midfielder Paul Pogba may be the talk of the game right now, but Liverpool are working to a different agenda and Klopp seems to be fully signed up to the club’s policy.
“My old club is determined not to break their wage structure in a bid to land the top players in the game, even though that may mean they cannot compete for the biggest stars.
“The two Manchester clubs and Chelsea are operating to very different financial rules compared to the other 17 teams in the Premier League, yet that does not mean the others cannot be successful.”